Time for some Inspiration

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Hi Friends.

I guess you all were wondering what the heck happened to me and my blog, right? Well I took an unplanned two week hiatus from writing to find some new inspiration. I have to say it was a very welcomed break for me and my family.  I think this was the longest break I have taken from the blog in over a year. I am really surprised at how hard it was to come back to it today.

2010 is already shaping up to be a great year for me.  I have several new clients, two new employees, a new office, and some amazing news about upcoming national press that I can share with you really soon. My design team and I  have loved every minute of settling into our new office so far.  I have been at work every morning at 7:30 am with my staff of 12 and we have been extremely productive in our new 6000 square feet including a gorgeous kitchen, a conference room for 10 and a beautiful and very organized design workroom. It is amazing how a new, light-filled and very organized space can make you want to come to work each day.  We think up reasons to have meetings so we can try out all our new rooms.

So why not blog about it all right?  Well, I love blogging. I might even say I have been a bit addicted to it at times.  But though it is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to bring ideas and inspiration to my readers, it really is a job.  And it is a job that continues even though my real job is busy as ever.  It is a job that goes on, even when my family needs me. And the blog is a job that goes on when I would rather be biking (yes I got my Townie for Christmas) and hiking and having a little me time. So sometimes, you just have to put it away for a while. But the good news is that while you are away, you find all sorts of inspiration.

So no worries, I am definitely coming back. I have been working on some really exciting things for the blog and its appearance for about 3-4 months now and I think we will have it all ready to launch in May. I am working on many new series, new projects and a dedication to bringing you unique content and our own photos that can inspire you in your own interiors and DIY projects.

Until that time, I have some exciting posts planned. I will be repeating my 28 days of things I love in February (last year it was in July) , a Sustainability series in March based around two rooms I am doing in “The Energy House” to benefit the Arkansas March of Dimes, and will have part two of my Blogger Book Giveaway Series in April with a fabulous line up of guests and interviews along with the giveaways of their fabulous books.

So the remainder of this month might be a bit sporadic on the blog front as I continue to look for products and ideas that inspire me. I also have a lot of work to do for clients and new staff to train. My COO and I are completing year-end evaluations for our staff so we can tell them what an amazing job they did in 2009. They are all a great inspiration to me. Then we will be turning our sights to our many plans and goals for 2010. This is an exciting time at Tobi Fairley Interior Design.  I look forward to taking you with us on our journey this year. I may even bring you a few of the inspiration boards and musings from my talented team.


Stay tuned for these exciting developments really soon. I think they really will be an inspiration for you all. And in the meantime, please join with us in celebrating our accomplishments in 2009 in the post below.  Although a couple of weeks over due, it is never too late in my opinion, to reminisce about our accomplishments from 2009 and say thank you to all of the people who helped make it happen.


photos above from google, Cote de Texas, Frolic and Flickr

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10 Responses to Time for some Inspiration

  1. Congrats all on your great new changes. Sounds like you are enjoying what you do! Looking forward to seeing what you have for us next Tobi!


  2. Amy B. says:

    I can’t wait to see what you’re going to be up to!

  3. glad to have you back blogging…and very excited about your plans for this year. Can’t wait to see the office, pencil us in to one of those conference rooms.

  4. Ivan Meade says:

    Very exciting news!!! I can’t wait to see what you have in the oven for us.

    I am sure is going to be stunning!

  5. Tobi,

    Congrats on all your honors in 2009. Looking forward to seeing all your new posts. Have a great week.

    Ragland Hill Social

  6. Tobi,

    Sounds like there are more wonderful things ahead this year for you! Congratulations! I look forward the upcoming posts.


  7. adrianna says:

    Ok. Seriously. For my entire home (with the exception of a couple of rooms) to have been inspired by your work how did I not know about your blog?!!? And what’s worse, I didn’t even know who did the designs. I just saved them from other’s blogs. Ca-Razy! I can’t wait to see what else you have in store.

  8. Eddie Ross says:

    Hi Tobi,
    I love the chicken wire Idea so cute!

    Would also LOVE your support on the ELLE DECOR window I did for the Big Window Challenge this year with Apartment Therapy. Check it out at http://www.bigwindowchallenge com. As we all know, AT doesn’t make it easy, but you can vote TWICE a day, once online and the other by texting “1” to 89800.

    Your support means the world to me!!


  9. Landon Shockey says:

    I think 2010 is going to be an amazing year! I am thrilled to have joined your ace design team!

  10. Tobi says:

    Thanks to all of your for your well wishes and support for a great 2010!! And welcome to Landon, the newest member of our design team. We are so glad to have your talents and your kind spirit!!

    Now all of you go over the Apartment Therapy and vote for Eddie Ross and his window for Elle Decor!! It is too die for!!

    Happy 2010!! xoxo Tobi